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Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

Daniel Pick

July 2015

ISBN: 9780199226818

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Psychoanalysis has been hailed as an indispensible starting point for understanding neuroses and psychoses. In this Very Short Introduction, Daniel Pick offers an account of the present-day practice of analysis, highlighting the benefits, whilst also shedding light on the problems, risks and failings in the long history of the movement.

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Psychoanalysis has been hailed as an indispensible starting point for understanding neuroses and psychoses. In this Very Short Introduction, Daniel Pick offers an account of the present-day practice of analysis, highlighting the benefits, whilst also shedding light on the problems, risks and failings in the long history of the movement.

  • Looks at the contemporary uses and experiences of psychoanalysis
  • Offers an accessible, brief overview of the history of psychoanalysis, its different contemporary manifestations, and how far the discipline has moved on from Freud
  • Introduces the key theories, personalities, and ideas from the field
  • Provides a balanced coverage of European and American developments in psychoanalysis with vivid clinical illustrations and stories
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Daniel Pick, Professor of History, Birkbeck College, University of London

Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst and historian. He is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and of the Royal Historical Society. He is also an editor of History Workshop Journal, is on the editorial board of the New Library of Psychoanalysis, and a member of the advisory board of Psychoanalysis and History and Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:How psychoanalysis began
    3:A case of obsessional neurosis
    4:Oedipus
    5:Analytic space, time, and technique
    6:Politics and upheavals
    7:Innovations and controversies
    8:Unconscious dramas
    9:Concluding remarks
    Notes
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"Recommended by the Institute of Psychoanalysis" - Institute of Psychoanalysis Website

"an honest, direct, informative and useful book." - Christopher Bollas, British psychoanalyst and writer